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  • The Boer fought two wars against the Britain. Some point to the Boer War as the turning point in Great Britain’s domination of world politics.
  • Having first knelt down and peered under the doors of all the cubicles to make absolutely certain we were alone and could not be overheard, he explained in an agonized whisper that I must never, on pain of banishment, address the Deputy as anything but "Chief," or, barring that, by his Boer War title of "Colonel."
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In fact the only underground address we had at the moment was the home of a woman named De Boer, not four blocks from the Beje.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • And do you know what the British did to them if they got caught before they could get over Oranjerivier and into Boer country?
    Stephen King  --  Misery

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  • —Up the Boers!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I want to take the man from the Boer War and the pile of rags in the bed and put them in a big sunny house in the country with birds chirping away outside the window and a stream gurgling.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • I recollect that I was a fervent pacifist myself once, in the Boer War, when my own country was the aggressor, and a young woman blew a squeaker at me on Mafeking Night.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I had an uncle who was a colonel in the Boer War.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He came from the prairies, where he had tamed countless mustangs for the British cavalry’s effort in the Boer War.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Whatever the mutual antagonism between Boer and British, he said, the two white groups would unite to confront the black threat.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom

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  • Piet Wetjoen, the Boer, is in his fifties, a huge man with a bald head and a long grizzled beard.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Not only was it alleged that the manoeuvre had been a most un-British attack on civilian Boer settlements, overwhelming evidence emerged that it had been irresponsibly commanded with several floutings of elementary military precautions, so that the men who had died - my brother among them - had died quite needlessly.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Even the Bible—the Dutch Bible that Charles had brought back from the Boer War—fell into position.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He had explored in Brazil, seen service in the Boer War, hunted in India and Africa—matters of experience of which he never spoke.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • He must let no feeble feelings of mercy (sneaked from the sickening Little Englanders and Pro-Boers) prevent him from trying to do his best.
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • The Court will see that I attempted to examine all types of authority on the subject - from the East and from the West, going back to the classic work of Clausewitz, and covering such a variety as Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevara on the one hand, and the writings on the Anglo-Boer War on the other.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • For two or three weeks nothing happened; the Boers would not understand that they were beaten and nothing remained for them but to surrender: in fact they had one or two small successes, and Philip’s shares fell half a crown more.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The two of them met when they came here to work in the Boer War spectacle at the St. Louis Fair and they’ve been bosom pals ever since.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • In Commando, by Deneys Reitz, I read of the unconventional guerrilla tactics of the Boer generals during the Anglo-Boer War.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • In Commando, by Deneys Reitz, I read of the unconventional guerrilla tactics of the Boer generals during the Anglo-Boer War.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Boer and Briton, each fought fairly and played the game till the better man won and then we shook hands.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • LEWIS—(smiling amiably) As for you, my balmy Boer that walks like a man, I say again it was a grave error in our foreign policy ever to set you free, once we nabbed you and your commando with Cronje.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Dirty Dan the dodger’s son off Island bridge that sold the same horses twice over to the government to fight the Boers.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That afternoon I knocked on Mrs. De Boer’s door.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • We supplied Mrs. De Boer with ration cards and had arranged an emergency appendectomy from there.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • It has taken more than fifty years for the scars of the South African [Anglo-Boer] War to disappear.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • And so Harry and Cato began their life at Mrs. De Boer’s, living in one of the narrow dormers in the attic.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • But everyone else—Harry, Mrs. De Boer, too—oh what will become of them?
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Up the Boers!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • LEWIS—You remember, Rocky, it was one of those rare occasions when the Boer that walks like a man—spelled with a double o, by the way—was buying drinks and Dan and Benny were stony.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • He changed his name to De Wet, the Boer general.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Let them go and fight the Boers!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Boers were the beginning of the end.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The old man from the Boer War says he knows you have telegrams to deliver now but would you ever come back tonight and maybe go to the shop for him for he doesn’t have a thing in the house and he’s freezing on top of it.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • The news that came from South Africa was less reassuring, and Philip with anxiety saw that his shares had fallen to two; but Macalister was optimistic, the Boers couldn’t hold out much longer, and he was willing to bet a top-hat that Roberts would march into Johannesburg before the middle of April.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • In the first decade of the twentieth century, a few years after the bitter Anglo-Boer War and before my own birth, the white-skinned peoples of South Africa patched up their differences and erected a system of racial domination against the dark-skinned peoples of their own land.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • But what are you supposed to do when an old man that was in the Boer War hundreds of years ago says his legs are gone and he’d be forever grateful if you’d go to Paddy Considine in the post office and tell him the situation and Paddy will surely cash the money order and keep two shillings for yourself grand boy that you are.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • What are we to give up when we have Lent all year long? I want to take Mrs. Spillane and her two blond crippled children and put them in that house in the country with the pile of rags and the man from the Boer War and wash everyone and let them all sit in the sun with the birds singing and the streams gurgling.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • I don’t put on first-cabin airs! (tauntingly) Und I can go home to my country! Vhen I get there, they vill let me come in! LEWIS—(grows rigid—his voice trembling with repressed anger) There was a rumor in South Africa, Rocky, that a certain Boer officer—if you call the leaders of a rabble of farmers officers—kept advising Cronje to retreat and not stand and fight— WETJOEN—And I vas right! I vas right! He got surrounded at Poardeberg! He had to surrender! LEWIS—(ignoring him) Good…
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • …be got in that Gibraltar only that cheap peau dEspagne that faded and left a stink on you more than anything else I wanted to give him a memento he gave me that clumsy Claddagh ring for luck that I gave Gardner going to south Africa where those Boers killed him with their war and fever but they were well beaten all the same as if it brought its bad luck with it like an opal or pearl still it must have been pure 18 carrot gold because it was very heavy but what could you get in a place…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Lewis turns his back on the Boer.) LEWIS—(attempting a return of his jaunty manner, as if nothing had happened) Well, time I was on my merry way to see my chap at the Consulate.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • …with repressed anger) There was a rumor in South Africa, Rocky, that a certain Boer officer—if you call the leaders of a rabble of farmers officers—kept advising Cronje to retreat and not stand and fight— WETJOEN—And I vas right! I vas right! He got surrounded at Poardeberg! He had to surrender! LEWIS—(ignoring him) Good strategy, no doubt, but a suspicion grew afterwards into a conviction among the Boers that the officer’s caution was prompted by a desire to make his personal escape.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • (He grins with affectionate kidding at Wetjoen.) And lo and behold, who was on the neighboring bench but my old battlefield companion, the Boer that walks like a man—who, if the British Government had taken my advice, would have been removed from his fetid kraal on the veldt straight to the baboon’s cage at the London Zoo, and little children would now be asking their nurses: "Tell me, Nana, is that the Boer General, the one with the blue behind?
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • (He grins with affectionate kidding at Wetjoen.) And lo and behold, who was on the neighboring bench but my old battlefield companion, the Boer that walks like a man—who, if the British Government had taken my advice, would have been removed from his fetid kraal on the veldt straight to the baboon’s cage at the London Zoo, and little children would now be asking their nurses: "Tell me, Nana, is that the Boer General, the one with the blue behind?
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • That bloody ass, Hickey, made some insinuation about me, and the boorish Boer had the impertinence to agree with him.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • Though can’t say I slept much, thanks to that interfering ass, Hickey, and that stupid bounder of a Boer.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • …how brave they vas!—and I kill them vith my rifle so easy! (vindictively) Listen to me, you Cecil! Often vhen I am tronk and kidding you I say I am sorry I missed you, but now, py Gott, I am sober, and I don’t joke, and I say it! LARRY—(gives a sardonic guffaw—with his comically crazy, intense whisper) Be God, you can’t say Hickey hasn’t the miraculous touch to raise the dead, when he can start the Boer War raging again! (This interruption acts like a cold douche on Lewis and Wetjoen.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
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